The 19-year-old victim was a Walmart employee – an overnight stock person – on his way to work at the store on Route 23 North.
He thought he was safe while walking in a crosswalk in the parking lot, but the driver of a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser reportedly did not stop in the crosswalk and ended up hitting him.
An initial investigation by police revealed that the driver allegedly made a right hand turn near the store entrance and then quickly accelerated his vehicle before striking the victim.
The victim went into shock shortly after being hit. Paramedics and a first aid unit soon arrived at the scene and transported the victim to Morristown Medical Center, where he was treated for shock as well as injuries to his arm and leg. The driver was uninjured in the accident.
The victim’s family was actually at the scene when the accident occurred. They reportedly yelled at the driver and threw items at him following the crash. Thankfully, a more serious altercation was averted when police arrived on the scene.
Police are still investigating the crash. In the meantime, the driver has been issued several summonses for traffic violations, including reckless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian, and driving with an obstructed view.
For additional information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Teen Goes into Shock after Being Struck by Car in Riverdale Walmart Parking Lot, Cops Say.”